Attention auction enthusiasts

I am fired up today because we just reached an agreement with a company to produce for us an excel-based Auction Draft tool that I think will be totally bad ass. We will have more details to come, and this will take probably 2-3 weeks to complete, but here’s the basics of this new tool that will, of course, be free for subscribers.

Before your draft, you will enter all the basic info for your league (scoring system, number of players in your league, number of players at each position, etc.).
At the start of the draft, the tool will have an estimated “highest bid” for each player. In addition to using our projections as the baseline for dollar values, we’ll actually be incorporating Mike Horn’s 2013 Price Tiers for the various positions into this tool, so it will have 2013-specific auction intelligience built into the tool.
As people get drafted, you enter the bid amount and the team they went to.
The tool would then do real-time update values for players (based on our projections), adjusting for factors like: owners over or under-bidding for players (adjusts value of other guys left), whether people have filled their slots for starters and likely reserves, and [...]

Projection filtering

We have a new tool that we have been slowly rolling out this month that I think will help make the site more useful to users and should also help subscribers find information they’re looking for quicker.

I’ve been working on adding special tags to players for the 2013 season, and these tags make it possible now to filter our projections to just show players who fit certain criteria or categories. For example, if you’re looking to see which running backs have good schedules for the fantasy playoff weeks (13-16), you can filter the projection to show only those who we think do. In the preseason, it’s harder to come up with viable categories, but we’ve settled for now on the following:

Good schedule – For the whole season
Bad schedule – For the whole season
Good schedule weeks 13-16
Bad schedule weeks 13-16
Undervalued
Overvalued

New this year in our projections, you can filter them to show players who fit certain criteria, and you do so using this drop-down menu

Obviously, readers need to know that just because we flag a player as having a bad schedule it doesn’t mean they’re not draft-worthy. We’re just trying to find ways to give readers the ability to get some [...]

First Mock Draft of 2012

I am participating in my first 2012 mock draft today (for Rotowire Magazine), so I figured I would share my picks for those interested on the blog, while I am making them.

This is a 14-teamer, which kind of stinks because I was really curious to see how a 12-teammer would go, but this will have to do for now. I’m still developing my Draft Plan for this year, but I have some interesting ideas and hope to shape them further during this draft.

I’ll post the picks with some analysis as I make them. The draft kicks off at 4pm ET and is 15 rounds. This is a PPR league, by the way.

Round 1, pick 12 – In perhaps an upset, I took TE Jimmy Graham, who is my #1 TE over Rob Gronkowski. I give Graham the slight edge because the addition of Brandon Lloyd could mean fewer looks for Gronk, who obviously plays TE with another great option. I knew I would still get a crack at a stud QB with my next pick , so I took Jimmy.

Round 2, pick 2 – I picked Graham because I was hoping Cam Newton would slip to me in the 2nd, [...]

First post of 2012 covers Free Agency

I am back with this blog for at least the next four months after shutting it down last summer. The reason I shut it down was because I was getting too many questions from readers in the comments section to answer them. While I’m more than happy to answer all questions when I have time, the comments aren’t supposed to be a back-and-forth Q & A like a chat session. The comments are really for readers to chime in with their own thoughts, and as you may have noticed we did a ton of chats last year (60+) to answer reader questions. In fact, I had several in-season chats go 100+ minutes, so I answered hundreds and hundreds of questions in 2011.

Now on to my first post in 2012…

If I’ve noticed one thing about free agency over the years, it’s that most of the players who aren’t elite options at their position and move on to new teams don’t do squat for fantasy. This is why teams like the Packers and Steelers, who rarely participate in the early buying stages of free agency, are consistently good. If another team isn’t willing to pay an impact player they currently own, then [...]

The Blog is down for now

With the 2011 preseason well underway and the regular season obviously right behind it, I have made a decision to move away from the blog for the rest of the year.

I made this decision, based on a suggestion from a reader, who said the blog “isn’t for me.” I don’t agree with that assessment, but what I’ve learned is that the blog isn’t for my busy time. The blog was never meant to be a running Q & A with me having to constantly come back to answer questions. I’m perfectly fine doing that in the offseason, when I actually have time. But I don’t have the time from August-December. The comments were open for other readers to chime and share their thoughts on the topic at hand, even to disagree and offer their own spin for others to think about. But again, this time of the year, it turns into 30-40 people asking me questions on each post, and I can’t keep going back to answer them 5-6 times a day while taking my time away from 99% of our other customers who are content to [...]

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